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DES MOINES BLAZE: Playing For The Love Of The Game

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The football players on the Des Moines Blaze aren't in it for fame and fortune, though they appreciate both, Blaze play for love of the game.

It's semi-professional football, where no one gets paid.  For some, it’s an addiction, “can’t get off it, it's the worst drug ever," Ben Bell laughs.

For others it’s a chance to keep the dream alive, and no matter what your age or occupation, or background if you can play football, you can find a spot on the Blaze.

With practice 2-3 times a week and at least 10 games a season there's always the chance for injury.

"I hear it from my wife a lot, once a week there’s  ...'what if you get hurt?' It’s definitely risky, but you only live once and this is what I love to do," Randy Blackford explains.

They love to play, but they also love to win.  The Blaze are the 2-time defending MFA champs and they want more.